HCBS Final Rule

General Information

ANNOUNCEMENT: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 7/14/2020 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the HCBS Final Rule compliance deadline an additional year.

HCBS compliance date is now 3/17/2023.

Specific CMS guidance regarding this extension and frequently asked questions can be found here.

CMS HCBS Final Rule Overview

In California, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are provided many services because of the Lanterman Act. Many of these services are paid for with state and federal money from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Therefore, the state and service providers must comply with what is called the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule.

DDS has specifically identified that the Final Rule regulations apply to providers of the following service codes:

  • Residential: 096, 113, 904, 905, 910, 915, 920
  • Day Programs: 028, 055, 063, 475, 505, 510, 515, 855
  • Employment Programs: 950, 954

These rules were developed to ensure that individuals receiving long-term services and supports through HCBS programs have full access to the benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate.

As a part of the federal rule, it is critical that individuals and families have the opportunity to collaborate with service providers regarding the services that they receive.

DDS Frequently Asked Questions
HCBS Final Rule Resources

HCBS Self-Assessment

ANNOUNCEMENT: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 8/8/2020 DDS extended the required HCBS Self-Assessment due date to 8/31/20. The Self-Assessment period is now closed. Specific DDS directive regarding this extension can be found here.

In accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code section 4519.2(b), each regional center shall post Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule compliance information on its website, and shall update the information no less frequently than every six months.  The below compliance information is based on provider self-assessment data pulled on September 1st, 2020.

HCBS Compliance Grants

In recognition that service providers will need to continue taking steps towards modifying their services, the 2020 enacted budget contains $15 million to fund changes that are necessary for providers to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2023.

Information regarding the HCBS Compliance Grant funding process, by fiscal year, is available on the DDS website here:
DDS HCBS Approved Concepts in the NBRC catchment area:
NBRC HCBS Grant Billing Instructions: